Suitable Tree Types for Bonsai

Feb 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Bonsai Trees, Featured Articles

Many people, especially bonsai beginners, wonder what types of tree are suitable for bonsai, and which types of bonsai tree they should buy.

When I first started bonsai gardening, I had the same questions about bonsai trees for my bonsai teacher as well. And very soon, I learned that there is actually no tree type especially for bonsai . We can train almost any tree into a bonsai tree. There are bonsai trees that are easier to train and maintain than other trees. Yet, for a real bonsai expert, who has superb bonsai techniques and skills, trees of almost all tree types can be trained into bonsai trees.

Bonsai Tree - Elm

Elm (榆樹)

Bonsai Tree - Fukien Tea

Fukien Tea (福建茶)

Above are two of my very first bonsai trees – an Elm and a Fukien Tea.

However, for many of us bonsai tree lovers, who are not (yet) bonsai gurus, we probably want a bonsai tree that is not too challenging, but common and easy to maintain. Ok, all bonsai trees do require quite a bit of care and maintenance. Yet, it is definitely easier to find resources and help for our bonsai tree if it is a common tree species, but not a rare one.

So, here I have compiled a list of tree species that are commonly used for bonsai trees. I hope you will find it helpful.

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